Resources for Teachers

Teachers' resources

WWF-New Zealand provides resources for teachers and other educators that relate to the conservation work we do, with a particular focus on Māui dolphins.

And there are heaps of other environmental education resources out here!

Below is a one-stop shop of links to:

  • resources about Education for Sustainability

  • classroom resources

  • credible sources of information about the environment

Links to Education for Sustainability resources

The Ministry of Education
The Ministry has recently released a series of New Zealand Curriculum Guides for Senior Secondary. Education for Sustainability guides can be found under the Social Science section and are well worth a look as a useful resource for teachers of all levels.

New Zealand Association for Environmental Education
The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAAE) is a national network of environmental educators.

Enviroschools is a holistic programme that supports schools to take a whole school approach to sustainability.

See Change
Released in 2004 by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, the See Change report aims to raise the level of New Zealand’s debate about education for sustainability. It highlights how education, in its broadest sense, needs to bring about a ‘sea change’ (a transformation) for the better.

Classroom resources

Up the Creek
This bilingual interactive website from the Department of Conservation introduces concepts about freshwater biodiversity by focusing on the life cycle of whitebait. Intended for level 3 and 4 of the New Zealand curriculum, the resource includes teachers’ notes and ideas for class discussions and activities.

Trees for Survival
This national programme run by a charitable trust provides a hands-on environmental education experience by involving children in local planting projects that provide ‘at risk’ land with plant cover, restore eroded land to improve stream and water quality, and provide habitat for native plants and animals. The programme builds community partnerships by engaging schools, landowners, service clubs, regional and local councils, business sponsors and volunteers.

Global Focus Aotearoa
Global Focus Aotearoa is a specialist provider of information and education on global and development issues. Their website gives quick access to a free lending library, magazines, teaching resources, email updates, training information and much more.

Sources of information about the environment

New Zealand biodiversity
This site provides information about Aotearoa New Zealand’s native biodiversity, what is being done to help conserve and manage it, and who is involved. The information and work programmes covered in this site are part of the Government’s commitment under the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy (2000).

Zero waste
The Zero Waste New Zealand Trust, funded mainly by The Tindall Foundation, dedicates its effort toward achieving zero waste and sustainable New Zealand. It focuses on recycling, minimising and/or eliminating waste and reducing consumption.